While famously being very, very polite, it’s no secret that Brits also love the occasional witty, tongue-in-cheek comment. And not only that. They take the gold medal for the ability to laugh at themselves like there’s no tomorrow, mocking both little and serious things. I mean, should I even remind you of the notorious English comedian Ricky Gervais?!

And for the fans of the British lifestyle, we have a real treat! The Twitter page “No Context Brits” is an online destination which offers “a celebration of all things British,” meaning it’s both things we understand and things that leave us flabbergasted. Created pretty recently, in April 2021, the account has amassed 780K devoted followers and its audience seems to be growing still.

Below we selected some of the most entertaining, bizarre, and wholesome posts from “No Context Brits” for you to enjoy with your cuppa, so scroll down and upvote your favorite posts! After you’re done, be sure to check out our previous feature on the same page, as well as a similar post on another popular Twitter account, “No Context UK.”

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SealOfDisapproval
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3 months ago

"Take one more step, bishop, one more step..."

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Woltax
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3 months ago

🏳️‍🌈

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

I am also a train. Choo choo.

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In Britain, embarrassing moments, awkward encounters and clumsiness are all considered funny, contrary to many other places in the world. But the real challenging part of British humor, especially for foreigners, is to actually tell whether they are joking or being serious.

In this piece for TIME, the legendary English comedian Ricky Gervais tried to distinguish the key differences between American and British humor. According to Gervais, Americans do not hide their hopes and fears and they applaud ambition and openly reward success. The British, on the contrary, embrace the underdog, Gervais argues.

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SoozeeQ
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3 months ago

Anyone else sing these lyrics?

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Lee Macro
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3 months ago

Yep me too

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SoozeeQ
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3 months ago

Good cop. Bad cop.

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Gervais explained: “Americans say, ‘have a nice day’ whether they mean it or not. Brits are terrified to say this.” It’s because Brits don’t want to celebrate anything too soon, Gervais writes. “Failure and disappointment lurk around every corner. This is due to our upbringing. Americans are brought up to believe they can be the next president of the United States. Brits are told, ‘It won’t happen for you.’”

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

It is a like from me. Beautiful piece of toast. Cannot fault it.

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BoredBirb
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3 months ago

Fast enough to catch the geese kissing! Caught in 4k.

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Magickmaster 8
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3 months ago

Next is the pyramids

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Although any generalization should be taken carefully, an Anglo-American writer, Paul Goodman, argues similarly to Gervais. “The American philosophy and approach to life tend to be optimistic: life is an opportunity and we should enjoy it.” Meanwhile, “Brits are more likely to see life as a bit of an ordeal, tinged with absurdity, and sometimes you just have to just grin and bear it,” he explains.

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Flexiegirl94
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3 months ago

The holy gun

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 months ago (edited)

i confirm that second picture is accurate

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BoredBirb
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3 months ago

Heres the communal popcorn: 🍿. Lets sit and watch.

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The quintessential part of British humor is irony and sarcasm, which are commonly used by Brits who rarely say anything literally. In fact, very often, they say one thing and mean completely different, and this is especially prominent in humor. This can cause great confusion to visitors, as Brits ironically mock their enemies, playfight with friends or point out the absurdities of daily life.

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Phill Healey
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3 months ago (edited)

For those of us that can't do the Chester run in less than 12 parsecs. Edit: I genuinely had no idea it was 4th May when I posted this. 😂

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Carol Woodhouse
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3 months ago

Judgemental back atcha. Love it!

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KJ
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3 months ago

The difference between going out or going out out (Micky Flanagan).

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Goodman argues that the confusion may also arise due to the fact that Brits often say ironic jokes with a straight face. “To avoid being misunderstood, most Americans will either deliver irony with a smile on their face, or 'signpost' it, adding a phrase such as 'only joking' afterward. Brits don’t usually do that.”

Puns and wordplay are also very prominent in British humor. “There’s a more intense and playful relationship with the language,” according to Goodman. “It’s seen in other ways, too, not just with humor, examples being cryptic crosswords and word-orientated game shows,” he adds.

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SoozeeQ
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3 months ago

Let's hope it wasn't breakables.

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Katy McMouse
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3 months ago

Dave's a nice guy.

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Alias Delfs
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3 months ago

He’s looks like a middle age ginger leprechaun 😂

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It’s important to highlight that essentially humor relies on culture and its people. What’s normal in one culture can seem very bizarre or even offensive to another. For this reason, we cannot ever fully translate humor. Some of the British comedy may be found very weird and not funny by Americans, while some mainstream American comedy can feel too obvious for Brits’ liking.

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Boreddd🇺🇦
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3 months ago

I am so inspired

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Kusotare
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3 months ago

When I was a referee, I used to remind the parents that there were no scouts in the crowd watching their kids.

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

Ewe there! Pack it in!

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

"Peel here" means get the knife out the drawer and hack away at the sodding plastic.

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Bisexual_idiot
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3 months ago

lol

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Kayjunmoon
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3 months ago

That is funny!

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Jen M
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3 months ago

:(

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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3 months ago

What on earth america?

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Mer☕️🧭☕️
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3 months ago

Me too, Bussy McBussyFace, me too.

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James016
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3 months ago

Wait…what??😮

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Rosie Hamilton
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3 months ago

Probably get a load of people mistakenly now saying 'but these are for paramedics' NO they are not. They always check the WHOLE car EVERY single time. For good reason - some people don't use these, what if it fell off or was forgotten in a rental car etc, etc. Michael Lerner created them because he was scared by the aggressiveness of other drivers when driving his 18 month old nephew and wanted people to be more considerate. Google it before arguing.

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PandaPops
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3 months ago

Thats sad :(

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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3 months ago

What did you say to me sign? That is offensive in dog language

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Bathsheba
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3 months ago

This is a spoof. The Tories expect homeless people to take responsibility and cut THEMSELVES in half.

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BoredBirb
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3 months ago

Aw

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troufaki13
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3 months ago

Harry and Hagrid on the Knight bus?

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Rosie Hamilton
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3 months ago

Who hasn't seen a Dalek being transported? Those things are slow and can't do stairs well. The TARDIS is a different matter...

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NsG
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3 months ago

What are you complaining about? This *IS* a normal day in the UK. (Possibly Newcastle, I can't see enough geographic identifiers)

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BoredBirb
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3 months ago

*Breaks arm* *Cries* *Ride continues*...

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Jessica Wood
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3 months ago

This is the level of petty spite I strive for

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Nathaniel
Community Member
3 months ago

"Excuse Me Sir, Do You Have a Moment to Talk About Jesus Christ?”

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BoredBirb
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3 months ago

Happens everywhere.

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Kayjunmoon
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3 months ago

Reminds me of the British Brexit politicians who talked about 'British fish'. Apparently fish need passports.

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Beth S
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3 months ago

Well s**t, I thoroughly enjoy poster's take on this pizza place. LOL

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BoredBirb
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3 months ago

Im all ears!

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

How the mighty have fallen.

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Phill Healey
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3 months ago

True

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BoredBirb
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3 months ago

My mum's keyboard!

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BobTDG
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3 months ago

Thunderbirds!

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BoredBirb
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3 months ago

You had one job. ONE JOB.

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Droid Mania
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3 months ago

Nothing wrong with being honest.

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Peace of mind.

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